What Are Free Divorce Records?
Free divorce records oftentimes means that the viewing of a dissolution of marriage record has no fee or that copies of the documents are available without any charge. For instance, in some state offices or archive centers, the general public may search divorce records. In most cases though, there is a small fee for having the records copied. In some states, there is also an hourly rate charged to view divorce records.
Most states must, by law, charge a fee not only for copies of divorce records, but for the search for the record. The law states that the fee for the search is non-refundable whether or not a divorce certificate or other document is found. There may be free divorce records available when restrictions have been lifted due to time. For example, some “Closed Records” states, have laws that after 50 years from the date on a divorce record, it is now available to the public with no charge involved.